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Song Key Conversion Site

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 | 0 comments

  There are a few sites on the web that allow you to either copy and paste the chords, or find the song in their library, then select...

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Nashville Number System Made Easy

Posted by on May 24, 2009 | 0 comments

If you’ve recorded in Nashville, you’ve run into the Nashville Number System. While I could explain it here, there are quite a...

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Setting A Scene With A Moment

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 | 0 comments

In addition to co-writing Trace Adkins hits “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Jamey Johnson won a CMA Award for co-writing George...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (III)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea Finale   Now that we’ve looked at several aspects of both the song and the poem, we’ll put together the final...

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Direct Address: Sting “Be Still My Beating Heart”

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 | 1 comment

I’m currently helping a friend with a set of lyrics, and something very interesting came up. The song is direct address, but not to...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (II)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Analysis Of The Song Idea!   I used the Song Analysis exercise to get a better handle on what is going on in the song and the...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (I)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea – Is It An Idea?   One of your biggest challenges as a songwriter is findingĀ an original angle on a song idea. In his...

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Adele “Chasing Pavements”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 | 1 comment

A recent comment on the blog got me thinking. The comment was downplaying the songwriter’s lyrics, mentioning they sounded as if...

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Paula Cole: Poetic Meter & Rhythm

Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 | 2 comments

William Carlos Williams once said, “measure is all.” Ezra Pound insisted in 1915 that “rhythm must have meaning.”...

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Song Plugging: What Is It?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2009 | 0 comments

There’s a great overview of song plugging and song pluggers on BloggingMuses.com entitled “The Five Key Steps to Song...

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Poetry and Songwriting: Two Examples

Posted by on Jan 11, 2009 | 0 comments

Poetry and songwriting come from the same stock – language. Here are two examples of how you can quickly, and easily set a literal...

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